For the Sister team, I have made and enjoyed: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/salad/fruit-salad/waldorf-salad-12.html#page1:comment2165674 by lazyme AND learned some interesting facts about the Waldorf Salad creator.
Let me tell you a little about a man named, Oscar Tschirky.
What? You haven't heard of him? Why, he is the famed "Oscar of the Waldorf". Hmmm..."Waldorf", you say? "That sounds like a salad." Bingo! Oscar is the man who is credited with creating THE Waldorf Salad. Oscar was the maitre d'hotel of the Waldorf Hotel in Manhattan, NYC, from the opening day of the hotel, in 1893, until he retired in 1943. It is said that Oscar created the Waldorf Salad for a society supper during the hotel opening. Here is his recipe for the famous salad:
"Waldorf Salad: Peel two raw apple and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise." That's it! Did you notice that there are no walnuts in his recipe? Oscar created a cookbook called, "The Cook Book by "Oscar" of the Waldorf" and, of course, included the Waldorf Salad recipe.
Although Oscar wasn't a chef, he was well-respected for his culinary skills and taste. In addition to the Waldorf Salad, he also is said to have created Veal Oscar and Egg Benedict.
Oscar's reputation was so well known that it was considered a privilege to meet him. For example: One time Oscar was introduced to one of the most prestigious railroad men of the time, who said, "I had rather meet that man than nine out of 10 of your so-called big men either here or in Washington.".
Oscar really paved the way for the current standards of hotel service by his dedication to every task he took as a maitre d'hotel at the Waldorf Astoria.
Interestingly, he never saw the need for that maitre d'hotel title. He just called himself a "hotel man", and his assistants were called assistants to Oscar. He kept the Waldorf running with perfection - from welcoming guests at the door, checking them into the hotel, ordering dinners, attending the dinners, getting carriages, ordering theatre tickets, etc.... all the way to waving goodbye at checkout and giving a blessing as guests leave.
I'll leave you with one more interesting fact about our man Oscar. He collected menus as a hobby. After his death, his collected menus, papers and personal memorabilia were donated to Cornell University. Cool!